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Find out how our ENT doctors in Long Beach, CA, can help manage your thyroid issues.
Did you know that approximately 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid disease, and as many as 60 percent aren’t even aware of their condition? It’s important to know when something might be off with your thyroid so that you know when to turn to our otolaryngologists in Long Beach, CA, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan for an evaluation.
Warning Signs of a Thyroid Problem
Not sure if the changes you’re experiencing are due to a thyroid problem or something else? There are a lot of conditions out there that present with a lot of the same symptoms as a thyroid disorder. Here are some warning signs to be on the lookout for,
- Unexpected weight gain or weight loss
- Hair loss
- Mood swings
- Muscle weakness or trembling
- Nervousness or heart palpitations
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Tingling or numbness in the hands
- Dry skin
These are symptoms that can be indicative of either hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) or hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). If you are experiencing some of these symptoms then it’s time to schedule an appointment with your ENT.
How are thyroid problems treated?
The type of treatment plan we create will depend on the type and severity of your thyroid problem. As you might imagine, those with an underactive thyroid will receive medication to increase thyroid hormone production, while those with an overactive thyroid will take medication to slow hormone production within the thyroid.
Along with medication, there are also lifestyle modifications that can help you better manage your symptoms. For example, eating a healthy balanced diet is vitally important for managing thyroid disorders. We can provide you with information regarding the foods that are safe and which foods to avoid.
No matter whether you are looking to better manage your thyroid symptoms or you just suspect that something might be wrong with your thyroid, it’s a good time to call Tan Head and Neck Center in Long Beach, CA, today to schedule a consultation with us.
People living in Long Beach, CA with thyroid problems looking for information regarding thyroid disorders and surgical treatment should consider making an appointment with Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan of the Tan Head and Neck Center.
Why would I need thyroid surgery?
First, thyroid issues are fairly common and like anything, some situations are more serious than others. For example, if you have major swelling in your neck or have difficulty breathing or swallowing, it may be indicative of a serious problem. Chances are you will be checked for growths, cysts or tumors. If found, a biopsy may be necessary, and if that biopsy indicates a problem such as a malignancy, your Long Beach ENT will likely recommend surgery.
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, thyroid surgery usually entails first removing the section, or lobe, of the thyroid where the growth has been found. Usually, a surgeon will take what is known as a frozen section, basically a microscope slide tissue sample, for further analysis. Based on the findings of that frozen sample, the surgeon will decide the next course of action, be it the removal of the remaining lobe, the entire thyroid, or in some cases the thyroid and other nearby tissues in the neck. Depending on your situation, your doctor may be able to use advanced robotic head and neck surgery to perform your thyroid procedure. This type of surgery is minimally invasive and requires a smaller incision. Your doctor will discuss all of these options with you prior to your surgery to determine which is the best course of action.
While the prospect of thyroid surgery may be frightening, having a caring, qualified specialist such working with you can help allay some of those fears.
If you are seeking the services of a qualified head and neck surgeon and ENT specialist in Long Beach, CA, consider contacting Tan Head and Neck Center. For more information or to make an appointment call (562) 988-8818.